I have now been working for a few months for a consulting firm that helps global organizations to unleash their full human potential. We encourage our clients to optimize performance when it’s essential for them. This means that choices related to body, heart, mind, and spirit should be optimized when it’s important to perform well. We are strong supporters of balance, though, and understand that not getting 8 hours of sleep, some wine every now and then, less healthy food, etc. are a part of a balanced lifestyle and by no means encourage people to exclude those.
Enjoying the first days of spring on Brooklyn Bridge.
Our method is based on making one positive change at a time. We have noticed that making one change a part of the daily routine creates a domino effect that impacts other areas of a life. That catalyzes a growth process of gradually unleashing more and more of a person’s full potential. A concrete example of this could be from a couple of years ago when I started my journey towards a healthier and more sustainable way of living. I had been studying for a few years, eating irregularly, partying a lot, not sleeping enough and was sick all the time. I had a realization when I saw a picture of a not-so-healthy-looking girl and shockingly thought to myself “is that really me”. From that moment on I started to prioritize my health by eating evenly throughout the day, adding vegetables to my diet and by exercising more and partying less. Slowly I started to feel (and look) more energized, focused and healthy. This of course encouraged and motivated me to firstly, hold on to this change and secondly, to make other positive changes to feel even better. My wellness journey has had it’s ups and downs but right now I feel that I’ve come quite far – which feels amazing.
Lunch & breakfast at my two favorite spots the Butcher's Daughter and Two Hands.
In the process of going from an unhealthy lifestyle to living a balanced healthy one I’ve become a “wellness-nerd”. I’ve read and watched everything that I can come across related to nutrition, training, sleep, lifestyle, body image etc. and have been so excited to work for a company where this type of information is further shared to people who are eager to learn more. The most inspiring part of my job is to watch people have similar realizations as I had, and to see them develop and get excited about their own health.
Dragon Slayer shot to kill a flu, at the Butcher's Daughter.
My personal opinion is that wellness is a journey. It’s not sustainable to change everything at once since changing one’s behavior patterns takes time, and if too many changes are made it’s very likely that a person will sooner or later go back to her/his old bad habits. I also strongly believe that everybody has to find their own optimal way of living – one diet doesn’t fit everybody, the same sport doesn’t work for all of us, we all need different amounts of sleep, everybody handles stress differently, and work-life balance looks different for everybody. Despite our differences I’m quite sure that most of us have one, two or three areas in our lives where we could do a little better.
Conscious living is what I’m aiming for. By this I mean that I consciously make choices that are good for me, but still understand and don’t punish myself for choices that aren’t as good. The key is to find a balance so that I can perform well when it’s needed, and also enjoy a less strict life without feeling guilt. I challenge you to analyze your way of living – what are your 1 or 2 areas that could be improved?